Our geography curriculum is designed to stimulate an interest and sense of wonder about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments. Our children explore the relationships between these interacting elements.
Our aim is for our children to develop a love for the world around them and play a key role in protecting the environment in which they live. We want our children to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to be able to interpret what they see, starting with their own locality before branching out and examining the world on a national and global scale. By doing so, our children have the means to explore, appreciate and understand the world and how it is constantly evolving.
Each study is bursting with rich vocabulary to broaden the children’s understanding of human and physical geography.
Children will develop a bank of geographical vocabulary to use across the curriculum.
Geographical concepts play a pivotal role in the development of our geography curriculum's substantive knowledge.
They are spirally visited and built upon through year groups and across key stages to allow our children to continue to develop and strengthen their understanding.
Our Geography studies, along with the knowledge that has gone into developing them, has been thoughtfully selected around the National Curriculum and our geographical concepts.
They are designed to build children’s cultural capital whilst being relevant, engaging and meaningful to our children’s own lives and experiences. One of our main goals is for children to be able to make sense of the complex and dynamically changing world that we live in.
Our children will use a range of maps (including digital), atlases and globes to develop their locational knowledge of the world’s continents, oceans, countries and other features studied. They will learn how to use a compass, fourand six figure grid references, symbols and keys in order to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world.
They will be provided with real-life experiences both inside and outside of school through educational visits, exploration and discovery, where they will learn about key human and physical features.
As our children progress, their growing knowledge about the world helps them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
From Year 2, children begin and end each study with a learning journal entry. These graphic organisers show the teacher and child what they have learnt and offer an insight into the child's understanding of the interconnected elements they have encountered within the study. They also show the progress each child has made, without extended writing being a barrier.
From Year 3, children create an end of study essay, which allows them to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, enabling progress to be monitored whilst offering increased opportunities for sustained, purposeful writing at length.
By the time children leave Year 6, they will be confident geographers who have a well-developed understanding of the location of globally significant places around the world. They will be able to effectively describe Earth’s key physical and human geographical features and processes, and explain how these can affect the surrounding environment, leading to change over time.
Through their experience of fieldwork, our children will have the necessary skills to give a judgement on an enquiry or issue in Geography. They will be able to interpret and use a range of sources of geographical information for different purposes.
Children’s knowledge will enable them to recognise that humans can both damage and protect our planet. Through their own curiosity and fascination for the world, they will be able to ask relevant geographical questions and communicate geographical information in a variety of ways. They will understand the importance of protecting our planet and will have the necessary foundations to successfully transition and progress with Geography in KS3.
Below are example documents from our curriculum intent.
Geographical concepts are mapped across each study, enabling spiral revisiting over time, forming a concepts 'story'.
Each concept's 'story' over time is documented to enable teachers and children to develop depth in susbtantive knowledge.
Geographic 'Big Ideas' introduce children to discplinary knowledge. Our Geographic Outcomes move beyond knowledge to focus on its application, thinking critically as Geographers.
The Geography subject leader, in dialogue with the leadership team, have created each study.